Saturday, June 19, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

OK. I don't usually do this. And for good reason. I hate selling. BUT I have to share.

A long time ago, on a blog I happened upon by accident, I ran across a stunning bedding set that was credited to Rue La La. Which at the time I had not heard of. It was such gorgeous bedding, I took the blogger up on the invite and signed up to the site to look at more. Well, now I am hooked. I used her code to get onto the members only site which was good marketing on her part because for every person who signed up, she got a discount. On the one hand, I was impressed at her sneaky way of getting people to sign up under her.. on the other, I had that "sneaky salesman" feeling that comes from falling for the pitch. Either way, I go over there regularly to imagine owning a $2000 gown, or toying with the idea of adding to my (amazingly pared down) shoe collection. I don't do much shopping anymore, but the near latent fashion industry side of me still likes to look. And yesterday I came very close to dropping $400 on about $1200 worth of Le Creuset pots and pans. And then today, just to torture myself, I got back on there to see if my pots had sold already (most sales last only two to three days) and I came across some summer stuff that is just too good not to share with you.

First, I am a total sucker for picnics and the adorable and funky carry-alls that go with them and these sets are pretty nifty.





I love the colours and the neato shapes. I also think that at $40 ish they are worth consideration if you are in the market. My kids love to go on picnics, even just at the park down the street. We use a vintage "bubble" basket that I love, but if I were needing one, I think I would go for the last, round one. So much fun and sophisticated looking too.

Next up, from the same sale, is a portable picnic table. THIS I LOVE! I can see so many uses for this, not the least of which might be encouraging that friend of mine who has sworn off camping to give it another go. A sleek number like this, a few decent bottles of vino and some great cheese... she might let the stigma go. Probably not, but hey, you never know.



Add to this incentive a super cute sunhat and shoes, and the camping trip may look appealing. Just saying...




... and everyone needs a hammock in a bag. That I can vouch for personally.



So, in summation, if ridiculously sweet deals on labels, designers and even vacations (they had a PHENOMENAL Father's Day lineup last week that included lessons with a professional race car driver and trekking across mountain ranges,) appeal to you in any way shape or form, you may want to check out Rue La La. If you are not already a member, feel free to use MY code (http://www.ruelala.com/invite/abell69) and get me points towards my cookware the next time it goes on sale. I would even invite you over for dinner, but you might want to give me some time to learn how to use it adequately. I am all for you using the code as long as you don't feel like I was being all shady about it. It really is fun, even if just for a good browse. Happy picnicing!!

http://www.ruelala.com/invite/abell69

4 comments:

Three Owls said...

I am assuming that you are not referring to me... cause you know there is no camping reform in my future... hotels with room service or NOTHING...

Picnics on the other hand are part of my religious practice... So I would like the one that holds wine and glasses, and of course the one that holds dishes...

so now I'm off to help you get those dishes... I'll cook if it's all the same to you....

andrea of ffft said...

Noooooo... why would you think we were discussing you? AND I think I redeemed myself by promising wine and cheese, no? I was just thinking that if we ever wanted to do an EXTENDED picnic, not necessarily camping, but you know, one of those sleeping under the stars picnic. LOL

And of course you can cook, I wouldn't subject you to my (lack of) culinary skills. It probably comes as a disclaimer on those pots that people like me can't use them... :)

Luna and Chloe said...

Oh I love the hammock in a bag, the table and chairs and the hat! Great choices! Happy Friday

xoxo
kristi

JMay said...

These are so awesome!!! I want to get that retractable table :)